I got my fourth look at the Charleston River Dogs last night. They’re not the most talented squad in the Sally, especially since Jorge Mateo’s been promoted but the cupboards not totally bare.
Vincente Conde- A ninth round pick out of Vanderbilt in the 2014 draft. Conde is a good glove man at shortstop and he’s being groomed as a super utility player. He’s getting playing time all over the infield and he has the speed and the arm to handle all three outfield positions at least on a fill in basis if the Yankees choose to go that route.
Offensively Conde has a level swing, he won’t be a big power source although he did hit one out last night. When he does hit one it will be to his pull side. He’s got above average bat speed and he hits a lot of sharp grounders and low line drives from gap to gap, but mostly to his pull side. He strikes out a bit more than you’d like or expect for a player with this type of profile. Conde’s foot speed is average/above average but he hasn’t shown to be very effective at stealing bases.
The question going forward is will Conde hit enough at the higher levels to warrant playing time as he won’t have even average power to fall back on. He’s a future 50/55 hitter or a .275 hitter with 8-12 HR’s. He’s probably a utility player backing up 2B/SS and they’ll find more capable bats for corner infield and outfield depth. There’s value in that and that would be a good outcome for a ninth round selection.